Archive for December, 2007

We’re #7! We’re #7

Add “FUN” to our list of accolades

In addition to past ranking successes like livability, place to raise a family, green living, biking, and more, it turns out that the Twin Cities are fun, too.—the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers, including the Minnneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal—gave the Twin Cities a rank of 7 out of 50 metro areas in their “fun city” poll.

We’re no Las Vegas, but we ranked 6th in gambling. We’re no Boston, but we ranked 9th in shopping. We’re no New York, but we ranked 13th in culture. It’s these across-the-board good scores that helped us ahead of warm-weather locales like Phoenix, Miami, and Houston. We do pretty well in all categories measured for fun, which included gambling, sports (high and low impact), shopping, culture, popular entertainment, and food and drink.

Top 10 Fun Cities
1. New York
2. Boston
3. Chicago
4. Los Angeles
5. Seattle
6. San Francisco–Oaktizzle
7. Minneapolis–St. Paul
8. Pittsburgh (bowling alleys galore!)
9. Philadelphia
10. Providence (can you say “marina”?)

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Let The Bike Car Wars Begin

Last year, three professional snowboarders created a Bike Car, traveled with all their gear to a number of ski/snowboard resorts, and made a interesting documentary about it.


Other then curious looks, a few flat tires, and some clever circumnavigating around barriers to bike paths, they had little trouble completing their 800+ mile mission.

Now a Toronto based artist has tried something a little different. He gutted the body of a 1986 Buick Regal and outfitted it with four pedal/chain drives.

Unfortunately they didn’t get more then a couple blocks from the gallery before they ran afoul of Toronto’s Finest.

The whole crew of Bike Cops rolling by in formation right when they get pulled over is just too visually serendipitous. But seeing as none of them came to the defense of those riding in the bike car shows that they are cops first and cyclists second.

What I want to know is, what kind of gear ratio would you need to roll a full auto chassis using only pedal power? Engine or no engine, ‘dem Buicks are heavy.

Thanks Rich.

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